After a wild home stand, the Red Sox went to New York to face the Mets. Boston brought the brooms with them too, as fans watched the Red Sox sweep the Mets at Citi Field. The Red Sox won Game 1 by a score of 2-1. Game 2’s final was 1-0. The first place Red Sox’s bats were quiet in both games. However, in a strange turn of events, the Red Sox pitching staff was the star of the show, as they limited the Mets to just 1 run in both games. The Red Sox were no better, scoring twice in the first game, and only once in the second game.
Prior to their New York arrival, the Red Sox went 5-5 in their final April home stand. In the home stand, Boston managed to split all three of their series against the White Sox, Blue Jays and Mariners. After an off day on Monday, Boston made their way to Citi Field looking to do damage against the Mets. They did just that, as the Red Sox swept the Mets on their home turf. Now, the Red Sox turn their attention to Texas, as they face the Rangers and Brock Holt. This will be Boston’s first time at the new Globe Life Park in Arlington as well.
How Did the Red Sox Sweep the Mets?
Tuesday night saw Garrett Richards go against David Peterson. Richards went out to the mound with something to prove Tuesday night. After a rocky start to the 2021 season, Richards pitched 7 strong innings, allowing 1 run off of 7 hits and struck out 10 batters. Bobby Dalbec homered for Boston in the third inning to tie the ball game. In the sixth inning, Rafael Devers provided the go ahead run with a RBI single to score Enrique Hernandez. Matt Andriese got the hold, and Matt Barnes earned his fifth save of the season.
Wednesday’s final game was the ultimate pitcher’s duel. Nick Pivetta, who has been remarkable since coming to Boston, earned his third win of the season. Jacob deGrom, the Mets ace, was handed his second loss of the season. The only run that was scored was in the second inning on a Rafael Devers double that allowed Xander Bogaerts to score. Pivetta went five innings shut out innings before giving the ball to the bullpen. Matt Barnes earned his sixth save of the 2021 season as well. Jacob deGrom went six innings, and earned the loss despite only allowing three hits and striking out nine batters.
What’s Next For The Red Sox
Boston will be heading to the Lone Star State to face the Texas Rangers. This will be Boston’s first visit to Arlington since September 2019. Unlike last time, the Red Sox will be playing at the brand new Globe Life Park. The Red Sox will play four games there, and will have Martin Perez going up against Kyle Gibson in game one. The second game of the series will feature Nathan Eovaldi and Kohei Arihara. The first game of May has Eduardo Rodriguez starting for Boston against the Rangers’ Jordan Lyles. The final game on Sunday has Garrett Richards facing former Atlanta Braves pitcher, Mike Foltynewicz.
The Red Sox will be seeing a familiar face in the Rangers dugout in this series. Former Red Sox player and Texas native, Brock Holt, is now a member of the Rangers. Holt, who signed a one year deal with Texas this past offseason, played for the Milwaukee Brewers and Washington Nationals in 2020. Holt has done well for the Rangers in 2021, playing in 13 games, batting .222 with 8 hits and 3 RBI’s. The 32 year old third baseman will face Boston for the second time since becoming a free agent after the 2019 season. He last played against Boston as a member of the Washington Nationals in 2020.